When you’re feeling a bit down, or bored, do you ever grab yourself a treat as a little pick-me-up? If you said yes, then you’re engaging in emotional eating. Have you ever wondered how you began this habit? It’s actually something you may have learned before you could even speak...
Do you want your baby to grow up with a love of veggies, adventurous and
confident to try new foods and be able to moderate their own appetite to
avoid overeating? It might sound like a dream, but you have the opportunity
to do just this. When you introduce healthy foods the right way, and at the right time, your little one can learn to enjoy a variety of healthy flavors and develop a healthy respect with all foods.
In baby’s first year, they spend much of their time exploring and learning about the world around them using their five senses—touch, sight, taste, smell, and hearing. Parents can use environmental stimuli, such as mealtimes, to accelerate the development of each sense to near maturity several months after birth.
What is it that sets some children on a poor eating path rather than a healthy one? Why do some children eat their veggies and ask for fruit as snacks, rather than highly-processed foods? While it can feel to parents like their child was born that way, the truth is far more complex. And well within their control.